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  • 1. Adolescent Literaturewith Deaf Characters

2. (author interviews & insider tips) 3. Cheshire Moon(1996) by Nancy Buttsearly middle school-- mystical story) 13-year-old Miranda expects an unfulfilling summer at her aunt's house in Maine. The plot turns mystical when the teens start having identical dreams about a mysterious island. If they're only dreams, why do the teens wake to sand and shells in their beds? 4. Apple Is My Sign(reprinted 1993), Mary RiskindTen-year-old Harry (who uses the sign name Apple) returns to his parents' apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia. middle school 5. Jean F. Andrews (Flying Fingers Series)The Ghost of Tomahawk Creek(1993) (Early middle school) Join main characters Donald, Matt and Susan for a delightfully scary story in this Flying Fingers Club sequel. 6. T4 (September2008) byAnn Clare LeZotte

  • It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family's door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength
  • to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.
  • *Told in Verse (112 pages)
  • Reading Level: 4 thgrade
  • Character communicates through Sign Language

7. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller(2007) by Sarah Miller Pub. Date: July 28, 2007 Age Range: 10 to 12 Hardcover: 240pp Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing This book offers an alternative approach to the story of Helen Keller. Readers experience the life of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller through journals written by Annie Sullivan. Readers learn about Sullivan's abusive father, her relationship with her "invalid" brother, and her experiences teaching Helen Keller. 8. New Books for Teens

  • Of Sound Mind , (2001) Jean Ferris
  • Ferris introduces readers to Theo, a member of an all-deaf family. While Theo has the typical struggles of any high-school senior, he also has a father with health problems, a demanding, high-strung mother, and a significant role as caretaker and interpreter. Theos new friend and crush adores her deaf father and helps Theo learn how to cope with his unique family situation while not blaming everything on deafness. Ferris has published several adolescent literature books including those with diverse characters.

9. SPOTLIGHT on CHARACTERS Of Sound Mind , (2001) Jean Ferris

  • Deaf Characters
  • Ben Roper, Ph.D.
    • Penn State Employee, Model Airplanes, Single Parent
  • Jeremy
    • Self-Confident, attends special classes at mainstream school
  • Thomas
    • Carpenter, attended Gallaudet, doesnt trust Hearing People
  • Palma
    • Deaf of Deaf, attended Gallaudet, famous artist

10. Books for Younger Adolescents

  • Nobody's Perfect(2006)
  • By Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney
  • Megan is thrown when a new girl, Alexis, ignores her gestures of friendship. Alexis is pretty, smart, and a great soccer player, but she seems intent on ignoring Megan. Alexis behaves strangely around people with disabilities which is related to her having an autistic brother. Megan, whose family and friends accept her deafness as part of their everyday lives, is shocked by this.
  • Other Books in the Series

11. Nobody's Perfect(2006) By Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney

  • Made into a Bilingual Musical
  • (View Website)
  • Tami Lee Santimyer
  • withMarlee Matlin


  • Singing Hands(2006) by Delia Ray
  • Gussie Davis is the hearing daughter
  • of deaf parents in 1948. She is a
  • rebellious teen who sings out loud
  • during the church for the deaf where her
  • father ministers. Gussie becomes involved in
  • missionary efforts at a black deaf church and
  • with the Alabama School for the Deaf.

13. Singing Hands(2006) by Delia Ray

  • based on the authors family...
  • her grandfather was a Deaf preacher and a leading pioneer in the Deaf community.

14. New Books for Teens featuring a signing animal

  • Hurt Go Happy(2006)
  • By Ginny Rorby
  • Though shes been deaf since the age of six, Joeys mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails. Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell. She secretly learns sign language and her life has never been happier.


  • Finding Abby , (2000) Virginia Scott
  • Teen Read
  • Scott introduces readers to Abby who is in a coma after a tragic accident. Within pages Abby dies and readers, through the help of her sister Paige, attempt to understand the last days of Abbys life before her death. Through Abbys diary entries and Paiges interviews with friends, school peers and professionals in the fields associated with deafness readers discover the truth about Abbys deafness and death.


  • The Tailor's Daughter(2006)
  • By Janice Graham
  • Teen read/ historic realism
  • Graham tells the story of Veda, a passionate young woman raised in London. She has inherited her fathers talent, his sense of style, and his love of tailoring. Veda becomes deaf at the age of sixteen and must prove to others that she is talented by making a name for herself.

17. Read My Lips (June 2008) byTeri Brown

  • Sarcastic, skater chick Serena moves to a new school and mixes with the ber popular crowd when they discover her special talent for reading lips. They feel that they have a new secret weapon to snoop out all the gossip in the school.
  • Reading Level: Teen
  • Mainstreamed & Empowered


  • Northlander(Tales of the Borderlands) (2007) by MegBurden Reading Age: 12 and older
  • Ellin is a young girl with distinctive hair that indicates that she is clearly from the Southlands. When she goes to assist her father in healing the Northland king, she faces prejudice. While there, she meets members of the king's family, the princes of the Northlands including Finn

19. Feathers (2007)by Jacqueline Woodson

  • When a new student arrives at her
  • school, Frannies classmates tell the
  • boy that he doesnt belong on their side
  • of the highway and that he needs to go to
  • the white side but the boy says that he
  • isnt white?!?!When her classmates bully
  • him and mock sign language (since the
  • new boy has yet to respond), the boy
  • uses sign language to say No, Im not
  • deaf (p.14) ?!?!
  • Deaf characterSeanis funny and smart he is also the FIRST African-American Deaf character who uses Sign Language

20. Deaf Characters in Comics

      • Echo ( Daredevil & New Avengers )
      • David Macks character Maya Lopez, also known as Echo and Ronin, debuted inDaredevilas a love interest for Matt Murdock. This character now appears in the arc of the most recent issues ofThe New Avengers .
    • (Biracial, Multilingual, Empowered)

21. Echo ( Daredevil&New Avengers )

      • The Secret Invasion is here!
      • Have the Skrulls infiltrated the Avengers?
      • Is Maya Lopez the only one
      • with proof?
      • Will she live to tell the tale?
      • All this and a major Avengers
      • hook up!


  • RALLY CAPS(2007)by J. Cutler Stephen and Cutler Del Dottore JodiReading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 87 pages Publisher: PublishAmerica (2007)
  • A story about two boys who love baseball and who become friends through their experiences at summer camp. One of the main characters is deaf and uses a cochlear implant.

23. New Books for Young Readers

  • Moonbird(March 2007)
  • Deaf author Joyce Dunbar tells the story of Orla, the deaf child of the kind and queen. The magical Moonbird teaches Orla how to speak with his hands and listen with his eyes.
  • Kami and the Yaks(April 2007)
    • Andrea Stenn Stryer & Bert Dodson (Illustrator)When a Sherpa family discovers that their yaks are missing, Kami, a spunky deaf child, sets off to find the wandering herd.

24. The Deaf Musicians(2006), by Pete Seeger, Paul DuBois Jacobs, and R. Gregory ChristiePicture Book The main character Lee is a jazzman who plays piano. His bandleader lets him go when Lee loses his hearing. He